Join us as Nancy Tossell shares an insight she has gleened from the stories of others and how they choose to use these experiences of their journey to overcome difficult times and continue to grow.
“I’d rather fail at something I tried than not to have tried it at all” by Samuel Jackson
When I changed from hospital lab work to go with a medical diagnostic company, it was a life change. I went from being on a time clock to having a territory with a company car. It was stressful and my predecessor had been named “Tech Rep of the Year” for the company (She moved to a sales position).
There was one account that had been a maintenance-heavy customer for a long time. My predecessor had managed to keep them going but they weren’t happy with our system. When I started, I was nervous and most of the accounts were easy to work with, except this one. It’s like they smelled blood and were hard to work with. At the beginning of my second year, they moved to a competitor and said one of the reasons they left was because they had no faith in me.
There was a time when this would have had me devastated. I was upset but knew they had been looking for an excuse to go elsewhere. (My supervisor also knew of their history and how well I worked with the rest of the territory and her understanding was helpful.) I knew I couldn’t let this define my or my capabilities.
I “boxed” the incident to keep it from overwhelming me and focused on the good work I had proven I was capable of doing.
Entrepreneurial AH-HA Moment:
The failure also fed into my “AHA” moment. I realized I hadn’t given myself enough credit for the knowledge I had and when you don’t give yourself credit, why should anyone else?
You can’t be all things to everyone all the time. In this instance, I had failed but my successes outnumbered this and were more representative of my work.
I decided I needed to take stock in myself and make sure I didn’t get into another situation like that again.
The business – the website.
Because I derive so much energy from my friends, I wanted to develop a site that would be like a cyberspace café for women to gather. Because we shoulder most of the caring –whether it be for parents, partners, kids, even grandkids, too often we leave too little time for ourselves.
BecauseWomenCare.com is meant to be a source of information – sort of a resource ‘well’ for others draw on when they need references, emotional support, or just a laugh. We’ll share stories of women who have had experience, positive or negative, that we all can learn something from. We’ll talk about mindfulness and make sure we take care of ourselves so we can be strong for those who need us.
I’m in need of stories of women who still care for kids, specifically special needs kids now that they’re adults. What are the resources they use? Also, stories of women taking care of less capable partners. How do they cope with the idea of losing them?
I’ll consider any story where a person learned, or grew out of an experience and is willing to share this so others who might be in, or be approaching, can anticipate what to expect.
Best Business Books:
“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandburg